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HARVARD — Selectman Lucy Wallace has confirmed that she’ll seek a fourth term with the Board of Selectmen this spring.

Wallace initially told media inquiries she was undecided, but on Jan. 13 she said she’ll run again. She listed Devens, affordable housing and planning the town center’s future as key issues in that decision.

“I think it was a couple of things,” she said. “I think I can provide some leadership, and I want to keep working on these issues.”

Wallace’s decision to run likely sets up a three-way contest for two selectmen seats this spring.

Selectman Roy Scott Kimball is also up for re-election and will seek another term, while former Planning Board Chairman Timothy Clark is expected to run as well.

There will also be a seat open on the Planning Board, due to the imminent resignation of longtime local fixture, William Ashe.

Ashe, 77, cited a couple of reasons.

“I’ve had a few setbacks health wise,” he said. “It’s not serious but I’m approaching 80 years old.”

The move comes after over 25 years of public office for Ashe, who previously served on the Planning Board from 1980-1990. He won a selectman’s term in 1990, only to resign when he developed a brain tumor. He later returned for two more terms with the selectmen, before stepping aside in 2004.

Ashe said he planned to retire from public office at that point, but was asked to serve on the Planning Board and lend his experience.

Though he’s stepping aside, Ashe hinted that he would stay involved with some environmental and public policy issues, though he declined specifics.

“I’m slowing down and I have priorities,” he said. “I want to work on those priorities and I want to travel. It’s a combination of those two.”

More candidates may step forward at the town caucus on Feb. 3 or file nomination papers prior to the deadline on Feb. 15.

Wallace has been involved with the Devens question since the closure of the post was announced in the early 1990s. Throughout much of the disposition process, Wallace thought negotiations were taking place too far away from the public eye, and she said she’d work to improve that when talks resume.

With affordable housing, Wallace has advocated numerous measures for the town to make progress toward the state’s 10-percent affordable housing mandate. One example is a housing production plan she helped get on file with the state, which gives the town the right of first refusal on Chapter 40Bs, provided 16 affordable housing units are added each year.

While measures to meet that goal haven’t always been met with a great deal of enthusiasm, Wallace said the announcement that Shaker Hills Golf Club is planning to close and use Chapter 40B to install 140 units of housing at the course has given new urgency to the issue. Chapter 40B allows developers to circumvent local zoning in communities with less than 10 percent affordable housing. Without Chapter 40B, the course could only house approximately 70 units.

With the town center, Wallace said issues include looking at the optimal usage of town buildings, the question of a wastewater district and other measures that can preserve the town center as a place of gathering.

Again, those issues have been met with mixed feelings in the past, but Wallace said that could be changing.

“I think having the general store sit empty for all these months was as much of a wake-up call as the golf course was,” she said.

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